COLUMBUS, Ohio - Break time is over for the Ohio State wrestling squad, and the No. 2 Buckeyes jump right back into the Big Ten slate with a weekend at Maryland and Rutgers to start the new year. First up is a Friday night (7 p.m. ET) fight with the Terrapins, followed by a Sunday showdown broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network at noon against the 17th-ranked Scarlet Knights. Jim Gibbons and Shane Sparks will be on the BTN call.
Friday at Maryland: BTN Plus broadcast stream | Trackwrestling live scoring
Sunday at Rutgers: Big Ten Network & BTN2Go | no live scoring Twitter updates: @wrestlingbucks
Complete Match Notes
HISTORY WITH THE TERRAPINS & SCARLET KNIGHTS
The Buckeyes are undefeated all-time versus Maryland and Rutgers, owning a combined record of 7-0-1 against the Big Ten’s newest members. Ohio State first met the Terrapins in 2012, winning all three meetings by an aggregate tally of 95-24. The Scarlet Knights battled OSU to a 24-24 tie in the inaugural clash (1984) before falling in the next four. However, the two most recent have been tightly-contested duals with scores of 23-17 (2015) and 23-18 (2017).
NATO’S BACK, TELL A FRIEND
Nathan Tomasello is expected to return to the lineup this weekend for the first time as a redshirt senior after rehabbing from an injury suffered at the U23 World Championships Team Trials. The 2015 national champion and three-time Big Ten champion will make his 2017-18 debut as the unanimously top-ranked 125-pounder in the country.
BLISTERING BONUS POINT PACE
In 14 of 16 wins this season, Myles Martin has posted bonus points with eight tech falls, four major decisions and two pins. For his career, he is garnering bonus tallies at nearly a 70% clip by racking up 23 tech falls, 20 major decisions and 13 pins during his 81 collegiate wins to date.
A LOOK INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL
Intermat’s tournament rankings this week have Ohio State predicted for 155.0 points, which would be tied for the fourth-highest in NCAA Championships history:
170.0 | Iowa (1997)
158.0 | Iowa (1986)
157.0 | Iowa (1991)
155.0 | Ohio State (Intermat predicted 2018)
155.0 | Iowa (1983)
The Buckeye senior trio of Bo Jordan, Kyle Snyder and Nathan Tomasello have a chance to accomplish something no group has ever done in NCAA wrestling history. They could become the first teammate trifecta to all earn their fourth All-American status in the same year.
Ohio State’s roster is littered with All-Americans, totaling seven, yes, count `em, SEVEN returning All-Americans. In addition to the aforementioned three, Micah Jordan, Joey McKenna, Myles Martin and Kollin Moore have also found their way to the NCAA podium in past seasons.
Only one team in NCAA history, the 2001 Minnesota Golden Gophers, has had the entire 10-man lineup earn All-America status in the same season.
FloWrestling maintains a `pound-for-pound’ Top-20 and Ohio State represents 25-percent of the group. The Buckeyes included are No. 1 Kyle Snyder, No. 7 Nathan Tomasello, No. 12 Bo Jordan, No. 14 Myles Martin and No. 19 Kollin Moore.
My Gameday - Bo Jordan